Mark Stuart Plastow passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 26, 2010 at his home in Owings, Md. Mark was born on Nov. 11, 1959 in Belle Glade, Fla.
Mark is survived by his wife, Bonnie Plastow and their sons, Mathew and Derek Plastow.
Mark is the son of Pete and Patricia Plastow of Castle Valley, Utah. His siblings are Jim (Joyce) Plastow of Chandler, Ariz.; Bill (Linda) Plastow of Salt Lake City, Utah; Suzy (Kent) Gordon of Moab, Utah; Tina (Scott) Andersen of Bicknell, Utah; and Melissa (Bryan) Conlkin of LeGrande, Ore. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and extended family.
Mark attended school at Beme-Knox Westerlo Central School in Berne, N.Y. He graduated in 1978. Mark married his high school sweetheart in June of 1980.
In 1980, Mark and Bonnie moved to Moab. Mark was employed at Atlas Minerals. He also worked at the Grand Old Ranch House and was a member of the Moab Valley Volunteer Fire Dept.
In 1983 the couple moved to Ogden, Utah where Mark attended Weber State University. He graduated in 1986 with a B.S. in criminal justice. While in Ogden, Mark volunteered with the police department and with adult probation and parole.
In 1987, Mark was hired by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va. He served NCIS across the globe with tours as the special agent afloat aboard USS Coral Sea and USS Theodore Roosevelt. He also served in Holy Loch, Scotland, Rota, Spain, Yokosuka, Japan, and Washington, D.C. During his 23 years with NCIS, Mark worked a variety of assignments, including staff counterintelligence desk officer, and most recently, special agent in the Planning and Evaluation Dept.
Mark was extremely proud of being a special agent. He was a skilled investigator and was involved in every investigative discipline at one point in his career or another. The week before Mark passed away he recounted his involvement in the case of his career, “Model Maker.” As the counterintelligence agent assigned to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock, Mark was instrumental in preventing another agency from prematurely interviewing a Navy employee who was passing classified submarine information to a foreign government. Mark’s source network and knowledge of the command were instrumental in bringing to bear the full spectrum of investigative tools and developing irrefutable evidence against the employee.
A religious man, Mark attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints every Sunday. He also loved to attend the LDS Washington, D.C. Temple. He served as the Boy Scout leader and various other positions in the church. In the summer of 2006, while in Japan, Mark suffered a stroke. Late in 2009 he had brain surgery. He fought hard to gain back his health.
Mark’s funeral service took place on Oct. 1, 2010 in Sunderland, Md. under the direction of his LDS bishopric. Speakers at the funeral included Pete Plastow, father; Jim Plastow, brother; and Mark Clookie, director of NCIS. Many wonderful stories were shared. His wife was presented with a U.S. flag that hung at our nation’s capital the day before. Escorting his body after the funeral was NCIS Special Agent Michael McLean, who played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.
Mark’s wife and parents received a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Maybus. He gave his condolences and commented on Mark’s dedication and exemplary work ethic within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The family would like to thank all of our friends and family for their love and support during this time of our loss.